The CDC has furloughed more than half its staff as a result of the federal shutdown. That worries states that depend on CDC funding and help, particularly as the flu season begins.
Oyster fans beware:
More than 40 people across the state have gotten sick with vibriosis so far this year, mostly due to eating raw or undercooked oysters.
Hanging out with the goats, poultry, and cows can be the highlight of any trip to the local fair.
Yet fair animals can also spread certain diseases.
Hot summer temperatures and meals served outside can be a recipe for illness if outdoor chefs don’t follow a few basic guidelines to keep outside eating healthy and safe.
Washington State Department of Health warns that warm weather increases risk of food poisoning from shellfish taken from local waters.
Eggs and summer go together: deviled eggs, homemade ice cream, and potato salad. But, just a few hours outside of the refrigerator and your eggs can create lasting memories that you’d rather forget. This summer, make sure that eggs carrying Salmonella don’t come to your next outing.
Several types of Farm Rich, Market Day, and Schwan’s brand frozen food products – have been recalled due to possible contamination with E. coli. The products were distributed widely throughout Washington. The recalls are related to a national E. coli outbreak that sickened 27 people from 15 states, including a Pierce County woman in her 20s.
Washing fruits and vegetables before eating them reduces the risk of foodborne illness.
If fruits and veggies have a ridged or uneven skin, use a scrub brush to remove dirt from the grooves.
Remember, even produce with inedible skin should still be washed as a first step.
This week, get into the habit of washing all produce thoroughly before [...]
In 2012, a record 24,000 Snohomish County residents earned a food worker card through online training – versus nearly 5,000 who earned their cards in a classroom. The popularity of the online classes has led the Snohomish Health District to reduced its schedule of in-person food worker classes in English and Spanish effective Jan. 1, 2013.
Here are simple tips that all cooks in the kitchen can follow this holiday season for cooking a delicious and safely prepared turkey.
Turtles and amphibians should be kept out of homes, childcare settings, schools, and other places where there are children under 5 years old. People who see small turtles for sale should not buy them, and should report such sales to the Department of Health, officials say.
Warmer summer weather can increase levels of bacteria found in shellfish, such as Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vibrio), which can make you sick, state health officials warn.
FDA urges that oysters, clams, mussels, and some scallops products from Korea should be removed from the market
These products and any products made with them may have been exposed to human fecal waste and are potentially contaminated with norovirus, the FDA says.
The state Department of Health has temporarily closed Samish Bay to shellfish harvesting because of high levels of fecal bacteria from the Samish River.